Kashmir was lower off from remainder of the nation on Monday because the arterial Jammu-Srinagar nationwide freeway and Mughal highway had been closed as a consequence of snowfall throughout the valley, leaving practically 4500 autos stranded.
“The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is closed due to accumulation of snow at many places, especially around Jawahar Tunnel,” an official of the visitors management division stated.
He stated snow clearance operations had been in full swing and efforts had been on to revive motion of stranded autos alongside the 260 kilometre highway.
The official stated practically 4500 autos, principally vans carrying necessities to the valley, are stranded alongside the freeway at numerous locations.
Mughal Road, which connects the valley to Jammu division by way of Shopian-Rajouri axis, has been closed for a number of days as a consequence of heavy snowfall within the area.
The officers stated south Kashmir’s Kulgam district acquired highest snowfall with two to 3 toes of snow accrued at some locations.
Anantnag district has additionally acquired heavy snowfall between one foot and two toes, they stated.
The flight operations to and from Srinagar remained suspended for second consecutive day as a consequence of poor visibility, the officers stated.
The minimal temperature improved in most locations within the valley as a result of snowfall however nonetheless stayed under the freezing level, the officers stated.
Srinagar metropolis — the summer time capital of Jammu and Kashmir — recorded a low of minus 0.9 levels Celsius — up from the earlier night time’s minus 1.5 levels Celsius, they stated.
The minimal temperature in Gulmarg vacationer resort remained unchanged at minus 5 levels Celsius on Sunday night time in comparison with an evening earlier.
Pahalgam vacationer resort, which additionally serves as a base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 6.7 levels Celsius – plunging from minus 1.45 levels Celsius on the earlier night time, the officers stated.
Qazigund recorded a minimal of minus 0.three levels Celsius, Kupwara, within the north, minus 0.three levels Celsius and Kokernag, minus 1.four levels Celsius.
The MET Office stated average to heavy snowfall, with remoted very heavy snowfall, was most probably to happen, particularly in south Kashmir, Gulmarg, Banihal-Ramban, Poonch, Rajouri, Kistawar and Zanskar, Drass in addition to on the upper reaches of Ladakh UT, over two days from Monday.
“Overall, the snowfall will continue from Sunday to Tuesday forenoon with the occasional break. This may lead to the disruption of surface and air transportation, water-logging in plains of Jammu and Srinagar cities,” the MET Office stated.
Kashmir is at present underneath the grip of ”Chillai-Kalan” — the 40-day harshest winter interval when a chilly wave grips the area and the temperature drops significantly resulting in the freezing of water our bodies together with the well-known Dal Lake right here in addition to the water provide strains in a number of components of the valley.
The possibilities of snowfall are probably the most frequent and most throughout this era and most areas, particularly within the greater reaches, obtain heavy snowfall.
While ”Chillai-Kalan” – which started on December 21 — will finish on January 31, the chilly wave continues even after that in Kashmir with a 20-day-long ”Chillai-Khurd” (small chilly) and a 10-day-long ”Chillai-Bachha” (child chilly).
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